Urban Life / overlooked
discover Toronto's hidden creatures in the Type window
TYPE's March 2017 window is Urban Life/overlooked: an art and writing project from the kids of Word-Play’s Writing in the City after-school creative writing workshop. A world of creatures exists in our metropolis, some we notice, most we do not — until they dig a hole under the porch, nest on the balcony, root around in the compost bin. But what if the city is as much theirs as it is our own
Word-Play is a community-based non-profit run out of TYPE books at our Queen West store. The organization works with elementary-school children to foster a love of reading and writing. All their programs are offered free of charge.
Investigating a world that exists below and above human radar, the Writing in the City kids have discovered a surprising ecosystem of raccoon-fish hybrids, puppies merged with kittens, slime animals that hide beneath your discarded gum wrappers — even Kung Fu pigeons.
Working with Word-Play staff, volunteers and Kyo Maclear, author of the acclaimed memoir Birds Art Life, as well as many celebrated children’s books, Writing in the City kids have created a window display that features their stories, paintings and sculptures representing an astonishing never-before-seen world.
window installation by the kids of Word-Play (with some help from Kyo Maclear)